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COVID-19 Free Food Benefits for Families

COVID-19 Free Food Benefits for Families
Posted on 05/15/2020

Estacada School District Families,

The State of Oregon has announced that it will be distributing money to families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals - even if they have continued to receive meals from their school since campuses closed in March.

The Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits will give the families of 351,000 students "benefits that are equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June," the Department of Human Services and Oregon Department of Education announced Tuesday. Families can continue to receive bus delivery meals from the Estacada School District while also receiving this new funding. 

The agencies have stated that eligible families will receive the following for each school-age child:
$69 for March
$126 in April
$120 in May
$69 in June

Families that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis can still apply online for free and reduced lunch status or apply by contacting our nutrition services department at theanderj@estacada.k12.or.us. The application process is quick and confidential, and successful applications allow our schools to receive additional funding. 

“Together, DHS and ODE are working to ensure no child in Oregon goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dan Haun, DHS Self-Sufficiency Programs Director. “This resource is the result of our strong collaboration and will provide additional support for child nutrition and expand families’ options for healthy food.”

There are other resources available for Oregon households during this difficult time, including the ability for households to:
Use EBT card to include online food purchases through Amazon and Walmart (delivery fees not included).

Take advantage of the double up food bucks program, which matches every $1 of EBT funds spent – up to $10 – on fresh fruit and vegetables at participating local farmers markets.

DHS said it will continue to work with federal partners to provide greater assistance to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit needfood.oregon.gov or call 2-1-1.

For more information about what Estacada schools are doing to help prevent food insecurity in our community, go to http://www.estacada.k12.or.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=122600&pageId=49822397